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Dr. Suzanne A. M. Stokes
Dr. Suzanne A. M. Stokes, beloved mother, grandmother of three, great-grandmother of seven, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from injuries suffered in a car accident.
She was born in Long Beach to Miles and Edith Ailman on Sept. 17, 1927. Her love to learn made her an outstanding student as well as a passionate young musician, choosing to play the double base. At the age of 17 she was chosen to join the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, an honorable accomplishment. She continued her musical career studying at the Rockford School of Music in New York and playing with symphony orchestras around the world.
Always a student, she achieved a Dr.â€™s Degree of English from UCLA in 1960.
Suzanne moved to Mammoth full time in the mid 1980s and dedicated the rest of her life volunteering her time and energy to the many music societies and orchestras of the Eastern Sierra, playing handbells at several local churches, as well as the Friends of the Library, the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary and Mammoth Hospital.
Her family requests your presence for a celebration of the life of Dr. Suzanne A. M. Stokes held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church in Mammoth Lakes. A reception will immediately follow at the Mammoth R.V. Park.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Music Society of the Eastern Sierraâ€™s Dr. Suzanne A. M. Stokes scholarship fund at P.O. Box 185 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.